Castro gets day off after four straight starts

Castro gets day off after four straight starts

Castro gets day off after four straight starts
HOUSTON -- After starting a season-high four consecutive games, Astros catcher Jason Castro was out of the lineup Wednesday. Chris Snyder has been catching Lucas Harrell, who started Wednesday's game against the Padres.

Astros manager Brad Mills said he wanted to get Castro, who missed all of last season after undergoing ACL surgery, into four consecutive games at some point before the All-Star break, but it's no indication of how the playing time will be split going forward.

"I told him we were going to get him up to four times in a row," he said. "I think the way these games set up, being night games and so forth, and now having that extra pitcher in the rotation, it helps out a little bit."

Castro is expected to start Thursday's series finale, with Snyder getting Friday's day game at Wrigley Field.

Mills expects the playing time to be more split as the Astros employ a six-man starting rotation through the All-Star break.

With Bud Norris set to return from the disabled list on Friday, Houston is opting to keep rookie left-hander Dallas Keuchel in the rotation.